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Hi could anybody advise me on what is best way to clean my special 20.
Thanks
Paul

Viper15557 thanked Crawforde in topic Hi I am new to harmonica 1 hour 45 minutes ago
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Le Chef and richardarmstrong have commented on Le Chef's video 2 hours 45 minutes ago

Thanks for listening, Richard and other friends.

Old Cape Cod

Me on left and me on right!

Crawforde replied to the topic 'Hi I am new to harmonica' in the forum. 5 hours 8 minutes ago

Welcome aboard lots of newbies around here and a few who really know what they are doing.
So ask anything, many others will benefit from the answers as well.

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Whitelight replied to the topic 'Hi I am new to harmonica' in the forum. 5 hours 55 minutes ago

Welcome Viper....I've only been playing a year and a half myself.

There is a lot of nice people in here.

Gary

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Marcy replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 7 hours 30 minutes ago

Really nice ones, Richard and Tootler! This thread was a great idea.
And thanks for the mic review Tootler. I've been looking for a harp mic that could be used for old time playing--most seem too heavy on distortion for that style. I've always used a mic on a stand, but switching back and forth between vocals and harp breaks--the mic always seems to pick up vocals louder. I wonder if I try a hand mic for the harp and the stand for the vocals whether it'll be easier to maintain a balance. This next month or two has a festival about every weekend, so I'm going to give it a shot and see. As luck has it, a coupon came in from Musician's Friend this morning!

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Steve Vai on harmonica' in the forum. 7 hours 34 minutes ago

Accompaniment is fine, soloing over a vocal is not, that perhaps is just my opinion, but it
will get you fired from my band, and every good one I have played with. A duo should sound
like one voice, not two playing a different song.
Regards, Reed

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Tootler replied to the topic 'Harp cleaning' in the forum. 8 hours 12 minutes ago

BruceRoscoe wrote:

I think the screws were a little to tight. I'm going to see what happens with that fix first. Maybe that was my problem all along.

Bruce

I found that when reassembling a mouthpiece assembly. The screws need to be firmly down but too tight and the slide won't move.

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Eric33 added a video. 8 hours 19 minutes ago

Autumn Leaves

Another well known tune,ideal for the harmonica.

pele66 Way to go Eric. 4 hours 2 minutes ago
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richardarmstrong Another of my favourites.. thanks for posting Eric33 55 minutes ago
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Eric33 replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 8 hours 36 minutes ago

Hi Tootler,very well played especially with the two tune combination.I do not know the tune,it must be one that got away.When did it come out?Eric33

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Tootler replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 8 hours 48 minutes ago

jeremyh wrote:

Another good effort. I didn't vote for it because I always think of it sung, but hearing your version I might learn it, at least as an instrumental break.

That was why I didn't vote for it. I actually sing it myself. I did try it and found I could play it straight off thanks to having sung it so I felt it wouldn't really be a challenge.

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Eric33 added a video. 11 hours 5 minutes ago

Bluesette

Played on Suzuki SCX-48 during practice hour.

richardarmstrong I love your selections Eric33, Lovely swinging rhythm. 57 minutes ago
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jeremyh replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 12 hours 25 minutes ago

Another good effort. I didn't vote for it because I always think of it sung, but hearing your version I might learn it, at least as an instrumental break.

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richardarmstrong replied to the topic 'August songs of the month that weren't chosen' in the forum. 12 hours 44 minutes ago

Whiskey in the Jar.Tootler wrote:

Nice one, Richard. I liked the little bits of improvisation. What was the backing track you used?

Thanks Tootler, I found the backing on youtube somewhere.....it was a little slow so I.lifted the tempo. 1.5 mins long .....thought to double it up but decided to leave it.
Richard

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BruceRoscoe replied to the topic 'Harp cleaning' in the forum. 13 hours 36 minutes ago

Thank you Reed. I think the screws were a little to tight. I'm going to see what happens with that fix first. Maybe that was my problem all along.

Bruce

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Tootler replied to the topic 'Steve Vai on harmonica' in the forum. 13 hours 45 minutes ago

Reed Smith wrote:

Playing over vocals has always been a no no, playing between vocal phrases is the way to go.

I'm not sure I entirely agree with the first part of that statement. I've seen fiddle and guitar and flute and guitar accompanying vocals where the fiddle/flute played along with the vocals. It's a case of how you approach it. In both cases the fiddle/flute would either play a counter melody or arpeggios in long notes along with the vocal being careful to keep volume down to let the singer come through, then add flourishes between lines of the song, between verses or when given an instrumental break. It's a matter of realising your role is to support the vocal not dominate it and using your judgement on how to do that. I guess it's also a matter of genre and what's accepted practice in the genre. The cases I mention here were folk groups and most of the discussion in this thread has been around rock/blues or related styles where wind instruments generally are played as fills between between the vocals rather than as alongside vocals.

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